Dwelling in a Time of Plagues Passover: A Coast-to-Coast Exhibition

When we observe Passover later this month at the traditional seder meal, we will recite the 10 Plagues that God is said to have imposed on the ancient Egyptians as punishment for not freeing their Israelite slaves. But this will be the second consecutive Passover marked by the modern-day plague of Covid-19, which has killed more than 2 million people worldwide and dramatically restricted all forms of social interaction. 

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Overcoming the Revival of 'Hamanism' (Purim 5781)

Ridiculousness is one of the central characteristics of Purim. On this holiday, we are not afraid to be silly and absurd. We don funny costumes; we drink ourselves into oblivion; we are boisterous and noisy.

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Social Venture Fund Awards $887k to 24 Israeli Groups Advancing Shared Society Between Arab and Jewish Citizens

Like most educational programs, Masar — a gap-year program for college-bound Arab citizens of Israel — had to quickly shift from in-person to online activities when the Covid pandemic hit last March.

But, with WiFi service unreliable in many Arab villages and large numbers of participants lacking home computers, pivoting wasn’t easy. Nonetheless, the two-year-old Masar (an Edmond de Rothschild Partnerships program whose name is Arabic for "journey") managed to maintain its intensive programing and enlist its young participants in volunteer activities that were critically needed throughout the Arab community, such as staffing an emergency center providing food, medicine and other assistance, and helping raise awareness about Covid.

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JTFN Virtual Summit

I've been talking a lot lately about JFN's 2021 virtual conference on March 15-17.

But I want to make sure you know about another important event, one happening right afterward: Jewish Teen Funders Network's Virtual Summit, on March 17-18.

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Steven Spielberg Wins Genesis Prize

Jewish Funders Network wishes a hearty yasher koach to legendary filmmaker and philanthropist Steven Spielberg for winning the 2021 Genesis Prize.

The Genesis Prize, known as the Jewish Nobel, comes with a $1 million award, which Spielberg is reportedly planning to use to support Jewish social justice organizations. The Genesis Prize Foundation, a JFN member, announced on its website that it is honoring Spielberg for “outstanding achievement as one the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, his social activism, prolific philanthropy, and his principled stance against anti-Semitism and all forms of intolerance.”

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Cintra Pollack: Achieving Impact in Grantmaking and Investing

Episode 19 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Cintra Pollack, an investor, philanthropist and JFN board member, talks about impact investing, generational differences, and balancing her family philanthropy with her Jewish Federation involvement.

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Share the Gift of a JFN Conference

Attending JFN’s annual international conference is a transformative experience.

That’s why this year we are making it easy for you to share the conference experience with your friends and loved ones: with a gift registration. When you purchase a gift registration for a friend eligible for JFN membership, we will provide them with a certificate notifying them of your gift and a special code they can use to register free of charge. Meanwhile, you will be providing them with an opportunity to advance in their philanthropic journey, so they can become a more thoughtful, strategic, and engaged funder.

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Matching Grants Nurturing Israel's Innovation Sector

Israel’s impact ecosystem — a network of enterprises that use a financially sustainable business model to address unmet social and environmental needs — is now $2 million stronger, as a result of our second Matching Grant collaboration with the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation. The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation is a visionary leader in this field, working to create a local language of impact and build the infrastructure required for the Israeli ecosystem.

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Defying Entropy (Tu Bishvat 5781)

It takes just 13 seconds to chop down a tree with an ax. If you must know, New Zealander David Bolstad holds the world record of “underhand chop” at 12.28 seconds. With a mechanical saw, which is how most chopping occurs these days, it takes about half that (and the record for that is 5.085 seconds, held by American Matt Bush).

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Mergers on the Horizon in Wake of COVID-19 Crisis

From eJewish Philanthropy/Jewish Insider (January 24, 2021)

"Jewish nonprofits had similarly dire concerns and expected a wave of mergers prompted by the failure of groups that were already fragile, or hit especially hard by the virus, said Andres Spokoiny, CEO of the Jewish Funders Network, an organization whose members give away at least $25,000 annually. 

Talk of such mergers “was coming out of the fear that the community would implode,” Spokoiny said.

On the one hand, Spokoiny said, it’s a positive development that consolidation didn’t happen under those desperate conditions. On the other hand, mergers and other forms of cooperation can be a positive development. In this sense, the pandemic presents an opportunity to reflect and reorganize that shouldn’t be wasted, he said."

Read the full article by Helen Chernikoff in eJewish Philanthropy.

 

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